The Fullness of Jesus
John 1:16 states, “Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given.” The expression here denotes that there is in Jesus Christ the fullness of the Godhead which in turn provides the inexhaustible supply of grace – grace in place of grace. God’s grace to His people is continuous and is never exhausted. Grace knows no interruption and no limit.
This concept of the fullness of Jesus is also stressed by Paul in his writings to the Colossians.
The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross. – Col 1:15-20
For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and in Christ you have been brought to fullness…. – Col 2:9-10a
God desires for this same fullness to fill you!
- When your life seems empty, you can find fullness in Jesus.
- When the world is empty and has nothing more to offer, you can find fullness in Jesus.
- When you finally realize that money, fame, wealth, possessions, earthly relationships, and even health leave you empty, you can find fullness in Jesus.
- When sin leaves you destitute and empty, you can find fullness in Jesus!
SO CHRIST HIMSELF GAVE THE APOSTLES, THE PROPHETS, THE EVANGELISTS, THE PASTORS AND TEACHERS, TO EQUIP HIS PEOPLE FOR WORKS OF SERVICE, SO THAT THE BODY OF CHRIST MAY BE BUILT UP UNTIL WE ALL REACH UNITY IN THE FAITH AND IN THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE SON OF GOD AND BECOME MATURE, ATTAINING TO THE WHOLE MEASURE OF THE FULNESS OF CHRIST.